Should You Stain or Paint Shutters?

window shutters on stucco house

What is shutter stain?

Wood stained shutters on a home’s exterior can make the difference from a plain to a house with architectural style. They are that finishing touch that gives the curb appeal of a home that “pop” and makes it stand out from the others, especially when they are stained shutters

Stained shutters aren’t just for curb appeal, though. They can be a useful addition to a home in a variety of ways. Working shutters can protect the windows during active weather seasons like hailstorms and hurricanes. They can be used to control the amount of sunlight that shines into a home, and they offer a level of privacy and security. 

When deciding Shutter stain vs paint, remember that stained shutters won’t conceal the natural grain and blemishes of the wood. Stain soaks into the wood, and the natural knots and ridges are accented, whereas, with painted shutters, the paint sits on the shutters’ outer layer, providing color and cover for the surface. 

How do you stain outdoor shutters?

Wooden shutters are made from basswood typically, a light-colored wood from a variety of linden trees that will vary in shades. It is this that makes wooden shutters uniquely different from vinyl shutters. When you’re ready to create your stained shutters, the best place to do this is to hang them in an area that is clean and dust-free. Choose a time where you aren’t rushed, even if you have to do one shutter a weekend. For step-by-step how to shutter stain, keep reading.

How do you stain wood shutters?

To get that beauty that stained shutters provide a home’s exterior, follow these steps make it easy to do: 

Step One – Select the Stain and the Topcoat

Before you purchase the stain you’ll use, request to see a sample on scrap wood.  Remember, there is a variation in wood coloring, so what you see on the sample may not be exact to what you get on your finished stained shutters. For stained wood shutters, particle stain is recommended over a dye stain because of the UV resistance it provides. For the topcoat, polyurethane is sprayed for a more durable finish. 

Step Two – Choose Cloth Type 

Stain can be applied in many ways, but the manufacturer’s directions on the can is the best way, using a clean, lint-free cloth.

Step Three – Stirred, Not Shaken

Before you apply the shutter stain, it should be mixed thoroughly by stirring it and the stir throughout the process of staining every ten minutes.  

Step Four – Applying the Shutter Stain

Using a clean, lint-free cloth, rub the stain onto the shutter gently and in small areas. Excessive and vigorous rubbing causes the wood grain to rise. 

Step Five– Wipe off the Excess Stain

Once the stain has been carefully rubbed in, wait two to five minutes, allowing the stain to soak in, then using a new, clean, lint-free cloth, wipe away any excess stain on the shutters.

Step Six – Sanding the Wood

After the stain has dried, use a 250 grit sandpaper and lightly sand the shutters. 

Step Seven –Topcoat Time

Hang the stained shutters in a clean, dust-free area and brush on the topcoat, following the manufacturer’s directions.

How do you seal wood shutters?

It isn’t any secret that the climate and environment abuse the exterior of your home. From a constant beating of the sun and its UV rays to cold, humidity, and moisture conditions, and in Texas, that can be all in one day! Unprotected wood shutters will decay and rot quickly.

If you’re going to have stained shutters, there isn’t a need to seal the wood. The purpose of a sealer is to provide a layer of protection for the wood. A properly applied good paint or stain will do the job just as well and for many years. 

Do you stain cedar shutters?

Cedar is an all-time favorite for shutters and siding, mainly because it can be a maintenance-free option that provides a creative look for your home’s curb appeal. Cedar can look good left natural and allowed to weather, but cedar shutters that have been stained will keep them looking good and last longer. 

Can you stain plastic shutters?

Yes, using a thick gel stain that doesn’t drip and brush on, then wipe off. Have an old towel on hand just in case it does drip, then wipe off immediately if it does drip. 

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The Pros and Cons of Stained Shutters

Nobody can argue that stained shutters have that appealing architectural feature of a natural, rustic appeal. Warm and welcoming with a flavorful spark to any facade. Like anything, there are pros and cons to stained shutters, which you need to consider when choosing painted shutters or stained shutters: 

  • A Protectant: Stain isn’t as protective as paint, but it will provide sealants that will protect the natural wood from chips, cracks, and splintering. There are stains available that provide ultraviolet protection and preservative and penetrating stains that have repellent against fungicides and water. 
  • The Color Options: A wide range of colors and hues is available, allowing you to choose the one that best matches the architectural features of your home, including the siding color and time period.  
  • Bleeding Color: If wood stain isn’t allowed a sufficient drying time between coats, the watery substance will drip, run, and splatter. It shouldn’t be applied in inclement weather, and the shutters should be removed from the house before staining. A topcoat is a must to keep the stain from bleeding and provide a layer of protection. 
  • Weather Proofing: Stained shutters will have chemicals and ingredients that make them weather-resistant, but painted shutters are longer-lasting because the paint is a coating instead of soaking in like stain. 

Get started on your shutter stain today. Call Pro Seal Restoration at (817) 506-7722 for your stain needs.